Already a subscriber? - Login here
Not yet a subscriber? - Subscribe here

Displaying: 1-19 of 19 documents


1. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Craig Hazen Editor’s Introduction
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
articles
2. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Walter Schultz Truth and Truthmakers
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
This paper introduces, explains, and defends a theory of truth and truthmakers comprising the following four claims: (1) Truth is God’s knowledge. (2) A proposition p is true if and only if what it represents as “being the case” is a constituent k of God’s knowledge. Otherwise, it is either fictionally false or purely false. (3) Constituents of God’s knowledge are the truthmakers for true propositions. Thus, for every p, p is true if and only if some k makes p true. (4) The set T of all true propositions is included in God’s knowledge.
3. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Jeremy Neill Rawls and Acceptable Dispositional Standards: A “Livable” Public Space?
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
The emphasis of many of Rawls’s interpreters has been upon the conceptual incompatibilities that would distinguish the overlapping consensus from the doctrinal commitments of religious believers. But an issue that the interpreters have not emphasized is to what extent the consensus would allow the faithful to abide by the dispositional injunctions of their religious traditions when they perhaps could accept the consensus’s conceptual requirements. This article highlights the consensus’s “dispositional incompatibility” problem: that the dispositional traits of the consensus would impact the traits of its religious participants in ways that would undermine their flourishing and capacity for lifestyle integration.
4. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Myron A. Penner, Kirk Lougheed Pro-theism and the Added Value of Morally Good Agents
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Pro-theism is the view that God’s existence would be good in that God’s existence increases the value of a world. Anti-theism is the view that God’s existence would decrease the value of a world. We develop and defend the morally good agent argument for pro-theism. The basic idea is that morally good agents tend to add value to states of affairs, and God, moral agent par excellence is no exception. Thus, we argue that the existence of God would be, on balance, a good thing and therefore something that one can rationally desire to be true.
5. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Robert Larmer Special Divine Acts and the NIODA Project
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
I shall argue for two theses, one negative and one positive. The first is that NIODA (Non-Interventionist Objective Divine Action) accounts of the possibility of special divine acts uniformly fail. The second is that conceiving of special divine acts as requiring divine intervention is in no way antithetical to science.
6. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Joshua Lee Harris Some Prolegomena to Any Future Truth Theory in Christian Philosophy
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
I argue that the many disparate meanings of truth in John’s Gospel ought to be con­sidered “prolegomena” for any Christian truth theory. That is to say, insofar as any theory of truth in Christian philosophy fails to accommodate the multifaceted character of truth evidenced in John, it fails as a theory. After demonstrating some of the most important meanings of truth in John, I argue that the “correspondence” theory advocated by many contemporary Christian analytic philosophers is a reductionism when considered in light of these prolegomena. Finally, I defend a more adequate alternative from Anselm’s De Veritate.
7. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Bradley N. Seeman Idolatry and the End of Apologetics: On Some Uses and Limitations of Continental Philosophy in Apologetics
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Myron Penner’s work shows some ways continental philosophy could strengthen apologetics. In particular, continental philosophy can serve what Francis Schaeffer called “the final apologetic” by exposing idols that keep us from living lives of “costly, observable love.” Yet continental philosophy can also imperil apologetics and theology. The worst danger stems from what I call the “idolatry of linguistic license,” a type of idolatry where linguistic criticism denies God a place in the normative community of speakers. Although the idolatry of linguistic license mars some recent critiques of apologetics inspired by continental philosophy, apologetics would still profit from measured use of continental philosophy.
8. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Tedla G. Woldeyohannes Paul K. Moser and the End of Christian Apologetics as We Know It
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
In Paul Moser’s view, philosophical arguments of natural theology are irrelevant as evidence for God’s existence. I argue that embracing Moser’s view would bring about the end to the project and practice of Christian apologetics as we know it. I draw out implications from Moser’s work on religious epistemology for the project of Christian apologetics. I sketch what Christian apologetics would look like if one were to embrace Moser’s call to eliminate arguments as evidence for God existence. The result of embracing Moser-style (Moserian) apologetics is apologetics without argument. I argue that Moserian apologetics should be rejected.
9. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
StevenB. Cowan, Greg A. Welty Pharaoh’s Magicians Redivivus: A Response to Jerry Walls on Christian Compatibilism
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Jerry Walls has recently argued that no Christian theist should be a compatibilist because, on compatibilism, it is “all but impossible to maintain . . . the perfect goodness of God.” More specifically, he contends (1) that Christian compatibilism involves God in manipulation that undermines human moral responsibility, (2) that such manipulation makes God morally culpable for evil human actions, (3) that Christian compatibilism exacerbates the problem of evil in a way that Christian libertarianism does not, and (4) that Christian compatibilism entails universalism. In this paper, we argue that Walls is mistaken on all counts.
philosophical notes
10. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
R. Keith Loftin On the Metaphysics of Time and Divine Eternality
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
In this brief note I argue that one’s position regarding the metaphysics of time constrains one’s conception of divine eternality. Specifically, temporalism entails commitment to the dynamic theory of time, and atemporalism entails commitment to the static theory of time.
11. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Hugh G. Gauch, Jr. Public Presuppositions for Christian Apologetics
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Public presuppositions suffice in arguments for Christianity, without needing controversial presuppositions such as the authority of the Bible. Necessary and sufficient presuppositions can be derived from rudimentary common sense, which is shared by Christianity and virtually all other worldviews. These claims are defended against three problematic ideas in contemporary Christian apologetics concerning circular reasoning, starting points, and neutral rationality. Public presuppositions are discussed in the contexts of both evidential and presuppositional apologetics.
12. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
John Warwick Montgomery Miracle Evidence: How Philosophers Go Wrong
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
The philosophy of religion section of John Hospers’s Introduction to Philosophical Analysis provides an opportunity to see the kinds of endemic error rampant in secular attempts to discount the value of miracle evidence supporting religious claims. This brief article examines Hospers’s treatment in detail.
13. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Thomas H. McCall “I Am My Body?”: Physicalism, Identity, and the Metaphysics of the Incarnation
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
Trenton Merricks argues that the Incarnation gives us strong reasons to embrace physicalism. I argue that these reasons are not so strong, and that there are important questions remaining about both the coherence and the orthodoxy of physicalist Christology.
14. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Charles Taliaferro, Thomas Churchill Is Strategic Thinking Desirable in Philosophical Reflection?: Honoring Morteza Mutahhari, a Martyr to the Practice of Philosophy without Strategy
abstract | view |  rights & permissions | cited by
We argue that, ideally, philosophy—as the love of wisdom—should not be practiced strategically. Among genuine lovers of wisdom, there should be no need for strategic skills; by “strategic” we refer to those skill used in the military and, by extension, in business and sports that involves deception, misrepresentation, the use of surprise to disorient opponents, and so on. We give regrettable examples of non-Christian and Christian philosophers using strategic skills. This paper is dedicated to the Muslim philosopher Morteza Mutahhari who gave his life for the practice of philosophy as the love of wisdom, shorn of strategy.
book reviews
15. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
William Lane Craig An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
16. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Paul D. Adams Christianity and Religious Diversity: Clarifying Christian Commitments in a Globalizing Age
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
17. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Erik Baldwin On Religious Diversity
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
18. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Tawa Anderson The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context
view |  rights & permissions | cited by
19. Philosophia Christi: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
News and Announcements
view |  rights & permissions | cited by